psychology of crime
Select one theory discussed this semester and use it to explain the criminal behaviour of any famous or documented criminal. You may pick any criminal you wish, but you must document the source of your information. Because you will not have access to case files, you will have to rely on media reports of the criminal. This is an exception to the general rule that you should not use popular or internet sources for information. Here is a link to get started, though note you do not need to use an Australian criminal:
*Pick any criminal you want:
*Does not need to be convicted, but should be identified
*It does not matter how long ago the individual committed the crime as long as you have enough information on your criminal to apply one of the theories.
*Writing style: professional, third-person, APA style references.
For the crime itself, any reference is fine (newspapers, internet sites, etc.)
For the theory and data, use only scholarly references (books, peer-reviewed journal articles)
*USE THIS BOOK AS A FIRST REFERENCE FOR THE THEORY:
(Psychological Criminology: An Integrative Approach, Author: Richard Wortley)
*Make your own outline, but be sure to address all the points in the criteria sheet I provided.
*Have an introduction which very briefly gives the theory, the criminal, the explanation of the crime from the theory, the evidence and conclusion. Briefly!
*Can start with the theory and then the criminal and then relate them, or start with the criminal, then the theory which explains the behavior.
*You must relate the theory to the specific case. Don’t just provide general information about your selected theory. Similarly, don’t waste space in your essay documenting exactly what the criminal did. You should take no more than a paragraph or two to describe who the criminal is and what they did.
*Make sure that you try to explain the causes of the criminal’s behaviour.
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